Burnham's former MP Tessa Munt aims for 2020 re-election
former MP Tessa Munt has vowed to stand again in the 2020 General
Election and has hit out at the levels of spending by the Conservatives
during this year's campaign.
emotional Tessa - who lost her seat to Conservative James Heappey
on Thursday - spoke to Burnham-On-Sea.com.
a big disappointment of course. I don't think I could have done
anything differently. I honestly hoped that people would judge
me on my work of the last five years."
fact, I think they voted on the last five months and I wasn't
able to beat or match the barrage of sophisticated messaging that
came through from my opponents. It was peddling fear - the SNP
vote - and people responded to that, which I think is a great
went on to say that she's unhappy at the amount spent by the Conservatives
on promotion across the constituency during the election.
the two large parties are able to spend so much. Under our current
system, they can spend vast sums from their central organisations
or funds, and it doesn't count against the campaign as long as
it doesn't mention the candidate's name."
can spend as much as they like. Any other party is at a disadvantage.
We've seen an absolute tsunami of material published over the
past six weeks and endless phone calls - they even phoned my house
for goodness sake!"
back at her five years as an MP, she told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"People have invited me to attend so many lovely events -
and my diary was run by them, not by me. It's been a whirlwind
- it's been amazing!"
have been moments where I have have come across things that have
made me so angry, particularly where people have not had a chance
to express themselves."
I've had a fantastic variety of experiences and it's been an amazing
five years. I had wanted to be an MP since I was 17 and that was
my life's ambition, which I've done. I know I've changed many
things around here for the better."
added that she will be taking a break for a holiday before setting
her sights on re-election in five years.
in my blood and I can't stop it really. I've done it once, I can
do it again and I intend to stand again in 2020."